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[frizh-uh n, free-zhuh n]
  1. of or relating to Friesland, its inhabitants, or their language.
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Friesland or the Frisian Islands.
  2. the Germanic language most closely related to English, spoken in Friesland and nearby islands. Abbreviation: Fris., Fris
  3. Chiefly British.
    1. Friesland.
    2. Holstein(def 1).
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Also Friesian.

Origin of Frisian

1590–1600; < Latin Frisi(ī) the people of a Germanic tribe + -an
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Historical Examples of frisian

  • Those are the Frisian Islands, and they stretch for 120 miles or so eastward.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • "And after dark, too," she added, as obstinately as if she had been a Frisian.

  • The following is a specimen of the Frisian of Gysbert Japicx, in metre.

  • The Frisian religion is extremely simple, and pure Monotheism.

  • The answer to this question is to be found in the Frisian version of the story.

British Dictionary definitions for frisian



  1. a language spoken in the NW Netherlands, parts of N Germany, and adjacent islands, belonging to the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European family: the nearest relative of the English language; it has three main dialects
  2. a native or inhabitant of Friesland or a speaker of the Frisian language
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    1. of or relating to the Frisian language or its speakers
    2. of or relating to Friesland or its peoples and culture
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Word Origin for Frisian

C16: from Latin Frīsiī people of northern Germany
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Word Origin and History for frisian



"of or pertaining to the people of Frisia," or "belonging to the tribe of the Frisii," 1590s, from Latin Frisii, from a Germanic tribal name (cf. Old Frisian Frise, Middle Dutch Vriese, Old High German Friaso, Old English Frisa), perhaps originally meaning "curly-headed" (cf. Old Frisian frisle "curly hair").

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